Issues: Education

Local leaders urge city to change plans to move Woodside students to Astoria

Senator Gianaris stood with parents, students and his fellow elected officials to urge the DOE not to change a plan that would negatively affect the PS 11 community.

“The planned expansion for PS 11 is a giant step in the fight against school overcrowding, but the DOE seems intent on making the worst out of a great situation by ignoring the concerns of students and parents,” said Senator Gianaris. “All of us here today are ready to work together to find a solution without making parents’ lives harder, but the DOE does not seem interested in listening.”

Read more about the situation at PS 11 in the New York Daily News

March 26, 2014
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FELDER WELCOMES EDWARD R. MURROW HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT BAND IN ALBANY

In keeping with his commitment to increase funding and access to music and arts programs in New York City’s schools, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) welcomed the Edward R. Murrow High School Concert Band during their performance this week in Albany. The Edward R. Murrow High School is located in Senator Felder’s district, and is ranked as one of the top high schools in New York City.

March 26, 2014
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Statement on Today's Daily News Editorial

Sen. Krueger issued the following statement in response to the latest Daily News editorial criticizing her opposition to a tax credit scam that would siphon millions in taxpayer money to reimburse wealthy donors to well-funded private and charter schools:

"Nothing in today's Daily News editorial substantively disputes or debunks any factual claim I've made. I know they're called the opinion pages for a reason, but that doesn't mean they should be totally fact-free.

March 26, 2014
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Senator Young Calls on Assembly Speaker to End Gap Elimination Adjustment

For Release: Immediate, March 26, 2014

            ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District) said she is “calling on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to join Senate Republicans to end the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has taken over a billion dollars from our children’s education in school districts across the state.”

            “The Senate Republicans have been leading the charge to get rid of the GEA, which consistently is cited by school districts as their number one priority in this year’s state budget,” said Senator Young.

March 25, 2014
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Senator Montgomery Recognizes Beverly Johnson for her Leadership in Science, Technology & Engineering Education

LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Beverly Johnson upon the occasion of being honored in conjunction with Women's History Month 2014 in the State of New York 

March 25, 2014
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Your Voice with Senator Griffo

Senator Griffo discusses the Senate's budget resolution, and his priorities for tax relief, mandate relief, education, agriculture, health care and infrastructure. Hosted by Julia Lilkendey.

March 25, 2014
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Senator Valesky Meets with SUNY Potsdam Representatives

Senator David Valesky met with representatives from SUNY Potsdam on March 11. They included student Jonathan Bintz, Government Relations Liaison Alex Jacobs Wilke, students Chelsea Rourke and Stephanie Bub, and SUNY Potsdam President Dennis Hefner.

March 24, 2014
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March 24, 2014
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Legislative Report - State funding for upstate, manufacturing tax credit, property taxes and circuit breaker proposal

In this episode of the Legislative Report, Senator Ted O'Brien discusses his grave concerns with the Senate's one-house budget and how it has neglected key upstate concerns.

March 24, 2014
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Senator O'Brien, Local Leaders "Stand Up for Upstate" in Budget Negotiations

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien, along with local government and school district officials, came together to state their concerns about the status of current state budget negotiations. Senator O’Brien believes that the needs of upstate New York are not being appropriately addressed in the budget proposals being advanced, particularly by the State Senate.

March 24, 2014
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Statement on Education Tax-Credit Scam Endorsed in Daily News Editorial

Sen. Krueger issued the following statement in reaction to a Daily News editorial that endorsed a tax credit scam that would siphon millions in taxpayer money to reimburse wealthy donors to well-funded private and charter schools:

"With respect to the Daily News editorial board, it looks like they've been hoodwinked by a tax-avoidance scam for wealthy donors to elite private schools. In fairness, they're hardly the first to be bamboozled.

"This private interest school tax-credit scam would literally refund donors more than they give to 'yet to be formed' educational charitable organizations -- basically paying the wealthy and corporations money back on their tax avoidance investments.

March 24, 2014
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Senator LaValle Announces Availability of College Scholarships from Legislative Conference

The New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators To Award Four Scholarships

March 24, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Pushes for Vital Afterschool Expansion in Final Budget Plan

Funding for Statewide Afterschool Expansion Plans Put in Jeopardy during Budget Negotiations.

With Budget Deadline Days Away, Kennedy Calls for Final Budget to Include $160 Million to Meet Urgent Need to Expand Access to Afterschool Programs in WNY and across the State.

Kennedy: Thousands of Hardworking Families in WNY Desperately Need Access to Afterschool Programs to Help their Children Achieve their Greatest Potential.

March 21, 2014
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CHANCELLOR FARIÑA AND CITY COUNCIL CHAIR OF THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE DANIEL DROMM CONGRATULATE 38 ‘RESPECT FOR ALL’ SCHOOLS

Senator Golden congratulates McKinley JHS, IS 98, PS 101 and PS 277 as they are recognized for their great work with the respect for all initiative.

 

March 21, 2014
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Senate Bonacic Announces the Passage of Bill 2031A Which Reforms the Board of Regents Selection Process

New, more equitable process would distribute appointments among Governor, Senate and Assembly 

March 21, 2014
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Senator Robach Announces Collegiate Scholarships

New York State Senator Joe Robach announced today that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for four $2,000 scholarships, which will be awarded on June 9th at their Annual Legislative Conference Day. 

March 21, 2014
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Statement Of Senator Bill Perkins | New York State DREAM Act

Statement Of Senator Bill Perkins | New York State DREAM Act
“A Dream Deferred Is Not Dead”

As the first sponsor of the DREAM Act in New York State—thanks in singular measure to the unstinting advocacy of the “undocumented” dreamers of the Youth Leadership Council (YLC)—I have taken a few days to reflect upon the events that unfolded late Monday afternoon.

Unquestionably a dream was deferred, despite the fact that a majority of Senators present voted for the DREAM Act; the final vote was 30 for the measure and 29 against. A majority generally rules—in the schoolyard, in the boardroom and at the ballot box—just not in the New York State Senate where a coalition rules.

March 21, 2014
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State Senate's 30-29 vote against DREAM Act is hardly a 'fatal blow' for bill to grant state tuition aid to undocumented immigrants

As reported by New York Daily News:

By State Senator Jose Peralta

I would call them the legion of gloom and doom, but that would greatly exaggerate their numbers and significance.

I am talking about the people trying to sell the idea that Monday’s state Senate vote on the DREAM Act — 30 in favor, 29 opposed — was somehow a “near-fatal blow” or an “enormous setback” because the bill, which would grant state tuition aid to undocumented immigrants, fell two votes short of passing.

That prognosis is entirely blind to political reality or is the product of wishful thinking.

The conventional wisdom back in the summer, when planning for the current legislative session began, was that election-year dynamics would keep the DREAM Act from making any kind of progress during the 2014 legislative session.

What nobody saw coming back then was the wave of progressive zeal that would be ushered in by the election of Mayor de Blasio.

For full article, click here

March 20, 2014
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins: It’s the Same Old Song

     Can you hear it? Listen closely and you’ll recognize the harmony of thousands of voices woefully singing, “It’s the Same Old Song” by the Four Tops. They’re parents from Buffalo to Montauk singing because the New York City-led state assembly voted to return three of the four Board of Regents members to their positions this past week. And the fourth one was only replaced because he resigned. That just about locks him in as the smartest member as far as I’m concerned, because he realized he was in over his head. 

March 20, 2014
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